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Sangam: Digital Twin Initiative

Why is it in the news?

  • TheDepartment of Telecommunications (DoT) recently unveiled the ‘Sangam: Digital Twin’ initiative.
Digital Twin Technology

·       Digital Twin technology creates virtual replicas of physical assets such as buildings, infrastructure, machinery, etc.

·       These digital replicas are connected to their physical counterparts through sensors and other data sources, allowing for real-time monitoring and analysis.

·       By replicating the behaviour of physical assets, Digital Twin technology enables predictive maintenance, optimization of operations, and testing of various scenarios virtually.

Applications Across Industries

·       In manufacturing, Digital Twin technology can optimize production processes by identifying bottlenecks, predicting equipment failures, and testing new designs before implementation.

·       In smart cities, it can help monitor the health of infrastructure, manage traffic flow by analysing real-time data, and optimize energy consumption by simulating different scenarios.

·       In healthcare, Digital Twin technology enables personalized patient care through virtual simulations, real-time monitoring of medical equipment, and even virtual surgery simulations for training purposes.

·       In logistics and supply chain management, it facilitates real-time tracking of goods, optimization of delivery routes based on traffic and weather conditions, and prediction of potential disruptions in the supply chain.


Aims of ‘Sangam: Digital Twin’ Initiative

  • The initiative aims to demonstrate the practical implementation of innovative infrastructure planning solutions using Digital Twin technology.
  • It seeks to develop a model framework for facilitating faster and more effective collaboration among various stakeholders involved in infrastructure projects.
  • By providing a blueprint for scaling and replicating successful strategies, the initiative aims to pave the way for future infrastructure advancements in India.


Stages of Implementation

  • The implementation of the initiative is divided into two stages:
  • The first stage is the exploratory phase, where the focus is on creative exploration to understand the potential applications and benefits of Digital Twin technology.
  • The second stage involves the practical demonstration of specific use cases to generate a future blueprint for scaling and replicating successful strategies in infrastructure projects.


Significance of ‘Sangam: Digital Twin’

  • ‘Sangam: Digital Twin’ represents a collaborative effort to reshape infrastructure planning and design by leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI, AR/VR, and Digital Twin.
  • It aims to break silos and engage in a whole-of-nation approach by bringing together public entities, infrastructure planners, tech giants, startups, and academia.
  • By bridging the gap between conceptualization and realization, the initiative aims to accelerate infrastructure advancements in India and establish the country as a leader in digital infrastructure and innovation.


Example of Digital Twin Technology

·       A private company has utilized drone scanners to create a digital twin of Hyderabad’s Qutub Shahi tombs, dating back to the 16th century.

·       The site comprises seven tombs honouring the former kings of Golconda, showcasing a unique blend of Persian, Pathan, and Hindu architectural styles.

·       Constructed primarily with grey granite, the tombs feature intricate stucco ornamentation, reflecting the cultural diversity of the region.

·       The Qutub Shahi tombs hold historical significance as they represent the only location worldwide where an entire dynasty is interred in one place.

·       The creation of a digital twin allows for the preservation and virtual exploration of this heritage site, providing valuable insights into its architecture and historical context.

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